State Leadership and Management Team
The Pennsylvania Care Partnership
The Pennsylvania Healthy Transitions Partnership

The State Leadership and Management Team (SLMT) builds on the National System of Care philosophy to promote equality and trust among youth, caregivers, children, young adult serving systems, and provider partners based on the individual community’s strengths and culture. The State Leadership and Management Team also works closely with the Youth and Family Training Institute Advisory Board and the Community of Practice on School-Based Behavioral Health to assure coordination between policy development and program implementation across these initiatives. The goal of the State Leadership and Management Team, using System of Care philosophy, is to enhance and strengthen the way that youth, families, government, and communities interact with each other so that:

  • Youth, young adults, and families are central to the design, implementation, and operation of services and support at the state and local level.
  • Youth, young adults and family supports and/or organizations support individual youth and families and participate fully in policy and funding decisions.
  • All child and young adult serving system partners collaborate, share resources, and coordinate with one another and with youth and families.
  • There is support the collaboration and sharing of resources and ideas among a variety of grants through the State Leadership and Management Team and the Grant Directors Community of Practice. 
  • Support grants to effectively work with their identified populations:
    • The PA Care Partnership is to improve behavioral health outcomes for children and youth (birth-21) with serious emotional disturbances, and their families. (SLMT Oversight)
    • The Pennsylvania Healthy Transitions Partnership promotes awareness and early identification of individuals age 16-25 with, or at risk of, serious mental health conditions, and improve access to a broad array of effective and integrated services and supports for these youth and young adults. (SLMT Oversight)
    • The Youth Suicide Prevention in Schools and Colleges year grant focuses on implementing suicide prevention (awareness and training) and early intervention (screening and treatment) strategies for youth ages 10-24 across Pennsylvania. (SLMT Partner)
    • The Pennsylvania LAUNCH Partnership helps parents raise healthy, happy and thriving children (0-8 years of age) who enter school ready to learn and able to succeed, by focusing on pregnant mothers, and their children who are at-risk for social, emotional, and other mental health concerns, and their families. (SLMT Partner)
    • The Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness’ (PATH) goal is to reduce or eliminate homelessness for individuals with serious mental illnesses, or serious mental illness and substance use disorders, who also are experiencing homelessness or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless.
    • The Community Mental Health Services Block Grant goal is to fund First Episode Psychosis Programs across the state to support Supportive Housing, Services to Older Adults, Peer Support Services, Olmstead Planning, Reduction of Residential Treatment Facility Usage, Youth and Family Involvement, Prevention of Early Childhood Mental Health Services, and Suicide Prevention. (SLMT Partner)
    • The Pennsylvania Stepped-Care Approach to Clinical High Risk for Psychosis (PASC-CHR-P) provides community outreach, identifies young people in Philadelphia (PHL) and Pittsburgh (PIT) who meet CHR criteria, and enroll them in a stepped care model of graded intensity levels of family and individual psychoeducation and therapy, substance use counseling, supported education and employment, peer support, and medication management, if necessary. 

The State Leadership and Management Team is comprised of youth/young adults, families, and system partners.  These partners consist of youth/young adults, ages 16-28, with behavioral health issues that are or have been involved with child welfare, juvenile justice, drug/alcohol, delinquent and dependent courts, and/or education systems.  Family partners who are now, or have raised, a child or children with behavioral health issues that have also been involved with child welfare, juvenile justice and /or education system. The remaining partners consist of system leaders from behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, drug and alcohol, education, juvenile courts, county administration, and early childhood.

State Leadership and Management Team members:

Name Role Organization Affiliation
Andrea Algat System Partner Program Specialist Supervisor, Office of Child Development and Early Learning
Maureen Cleaver System Partner Director, Division of Evaluation and Contract Compliance with the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
Keith Graybill System Partner Consultant, Juvenile Court Judges Commission
Carol Kuntz System Partner Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Children, Youth, and Families System Partner  
Deb Neifert System Partner Deputy Director, PA County Commissioners Association
Nina Wall System Partner Director, Bureau of Autism
Scott Talley Tri-Chair, System Partner Acting Director, Bureau of Children's Behavioral Health, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Lisa Kennedy Family Partner, Tri-Chair  
Andy Kind-Rubin Family Partner  
Beth-Ann McConnell Family Partner  
Valerie Oulds Family Partner  
Karan Steele Family Partner  
Kaitlyn Arrow Youth Partner, Tri-Chair  
Zack Karenchak Youth Partner Youth MOVE PA
Alexa Melendez Youth Partner  
Ariel Mickey Youth Partner  
Corey Ludden Youth Partner  

Seeking Youth and Family Partners 

Our goal is to assure that the State Leadership and Management Team reflects the diversity of Pennsylvania. We are seeking members of different ages, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic background and geographic location among other qualifications. It is important that we select members who represent the diversity of Pennsylvania as well as those who have a significant and extensive understanding of the behavioral health system, the educational system, drug/alcohol system, the child welfare system and/or juvenile justice system.

Interested in applying to join the State Leadership and Management Team? Please request more information using the Contact Us form and download the application.

To apply to be part of the State Leadership and Management Team email the PA Care Partnership to learn more at